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Meaning & Definition of Civil in English





1. Applying to ordinary citizens as contrasted with the military

  • "Civil authorities"
  • civil

2. Not rude

  • Marked by satisfactory (or especially minimal) adherence to social usages and sufficient but not noteworthy consideration for others
  • "Even if he didn't like them he should have been civil"- w.s. maugham
  • civil,
  • polite

3. Of or occurring within the state or between or among citizens of the state

  • "Civil affairs"
  • "Civil strife"
  • "Civil disobedience"
  • "Civil branches of government"
  • civil

4. Of or relating to or befitting citizens as individuals

  • "Civil rights"
  • "Civil liberty"
  • "Civic duties"
  • "Civic pride"
  • civil,
  • civic

5. (of divisions of time) legally recognized in ordinary affairs of life

  • "The civil calendar"
  • "A civil day begins at mean midnight"
  • civil

6. Of or in a condition of social order

  • "Civil peoples"
  • civil

Examples of using

Aluminium and glass are important materials in civil construction, even though not as important as steel and wood, for instance.
At least the robber was civil to us.
These people said the war was a civil war.